Incorporated in 2008 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of creating and administering a grantmaking process for gaming funds that come from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority works to elevate Erie County by supporting the efforts of nonprofits and small business to catalyze economic and community development in the county.
According to ECGRA, Erie County health assessments continue to show a decline in physical activity and an increase in preventable illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Investment in parks, fields, and trails can encourage healthy lifestyles, create a more equitable distribution of park opportunities, and even attract athletic competitions that enhance local tourism. Investments in parks can also help rejuvenate neighborhoods and Main Streets throughout Erie County.
To that end, the authority is inviting applications for its Community Assets - Parks, Fields, & Trails Program. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of capital projects aimed at creating, protecting, or improving publicly accessible parks, athletic fields, and trails in Erie County. Grants funds also can be used to increase or improve access to recreational facilities.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a municipal authority, or a municipality. Applicants headquarters and activities must be and take place in Erie County.
See the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.